Meet the Team - BWW Music
Alan is the Toronto Senior Editor and Social Media Manager at BroadwayWorld.com. Alan has been with BroadwayWorld since 2013 and became the Toronto Senior Editor in February 2014. ?I?m incredibly fortunate that I?ve found a way to be involved with our arts community in the position that I have. The theatre community is made up of some of the kindest and friendliest people I know ? and I look forward to serving the community by continuing the high standard of coverage expected of BroadwayWorld.? Twitter: @AlanHenry | Facebook: Facebook.com/AlanHenryWrites Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.alanhenrywrites.com
Dr. Anton Anderssen is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in "high culture." Visit his web page at Hartforth.com. Anton is a member of several high IQ societies, including Mensa, Triple 9, ISPE and Prometheus. He has seasonal residency on the Italian Riviera, The Alps, Hawaii, Michigan and elsewhere world-wide covering cultural events. Dr. Anderssen's articles are included in the United States Library of Congress as part of their Official Performing Arts Historical Web Archives.
Born in London, Barry was introduced to theatre as a small boy, through being taken to see traditional Christmas pantomimes, as well as discovering jazz and fine music at a very young age. High school found him loving the works of Shakespeare, as well as many other great playwrights, poets and novelists. Moving to Australia, he became a jazz musician, playing with big bands and his own small groups, then attended the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, playing with several orchestras. This led to playing in theatre pits, joining the chorus, playing character roles, playing lead roles (after moving into drama), then directing, set and lighting design, administrative roles on theatre boards and, finally, becoming a critic. After twenty years of writing he has now joined the Broadway World team to represent Adelaide, in South Australia. Barry is also a long time member of the prestigious Adelaide Critics Circle.
Carissa Chesanek is a professional writer based in Miami, with a Master?s in Journalism. Her work has been seen in Zagat.com, Forbes Travel Guide, Food Network, SpoiledNYC, Dining Out Magazine, Miami Herald, Redbook and WritingRaw, where her dark short story, A Flawed Man was published. She is currently working toward her online Creative Writing Certificate with New York University while writing her first psychological thriller novel. Her work was recently nominated for the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence with the Mystery Writers of America. She was once a performing artist, mastering in ballet and jazz, and still continues to dabble art today with sketching and painting.
Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, and Managing Editor of BWW's TV, Film and Music spin-off sites. Her original musical comedy ADMISSIONS has been staged in two NYC theater festivals and was performed as an Equity Staged Reading in New York City in 2015. This June ADMISSIONS won 'Best Ensemble Show' in Chicago's Premier Premieres Festival.
David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts, and has been writing about theatre both locally and nationally for years. He joined BroadwayWorld.com running their Houston site in early 2012 and began writing as the site's official theatre recording critic in June of 2013. Photo by Greg Salvatori.
David Green is the Executive Director of The American Foundation For Arts Education, founded by Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian -- working to restore the Arts to our nation?s public schools and provide an arts education to every child in America. He is the founder and President of the nationally acclaimed "Musical Theatre University", a training ground for talented young people with aspirations for careers in theatre, most specifically musical theatre. Mr. Green's Broadway alumni include Tony -nominees Matthew Morrison and Stephanie Block, Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez, Krysta Rodriguez, Scott Barnhardt and Anneliese VanDerPol to name a few. As a producer and director, he has staged over 150 theatrical productions for both educational and professional theatre and with such stars as Carol Channing, Cathy Rigby, JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith, Jonelle Allen, Eric Kunze, Davis Gaines, Stephanie Zimbalist, John Raitt, Betty Garrett and more. Mr. Green is the Regional Editor and Reviewer for the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and journalist/writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website: www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL. Don is going into his eighth year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page. He received a BWW Award for Excellence in 2014 as one of the top ten Regional Editors across the globe. Don is also an author/playwright and recently published Books I, II & III of his children's fable Two Worlds Together: Donnelly's Greatest Christmas. You may purchase copies of the two volumes at amazon.com A trilogy of one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness was recently revised and re-published, also on amazon.com. Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.
Ellen Dostal is a longtime west coast editor and reviewer for BroadwayWorld.com. A self-professed musical theatre geek, she also publishes two popular Southern California theatre blogs ? Musicals in LA and Shakespeare in LA ? and has covered jazz and classical events for the KJazz 88.1 FM and K-Mozart 1260 AM Arts and Music Blogs. As a founding member of New Musicals Inc?s repertory company, she has developed roles in countless new works, many of which have been produced regionally and in New York. She also continues to work as an actress, singer, and voiceover artist in Los Angeles.
Guest Blogger: Adam Brandner
Adam Brandner is the Drama Director at Shotwell Academy in Houston, TX. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Ball State University. As a playwright, Brandner's most recent publications include My New Normal and Rock Bottom with JD Drama Publishing. He was also featured in the 2012 August issue of Teaching Theatre Magazine where he wrote an article on adaptability as a drama teacher. Regional acting credits include: CHICAGO (Swing) and Disney's High School Musical (Swing). As a former Disney World performing alumni, Brandner loves working with people from all over the country and getting a little Goofy from time to time.
Herb Paine is President of Paine Consulting Services, now in its twenty-sixth year of operation, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, turnaround management, mergers, and governance. He is a nationally recognized expert on all aspects of nonprofit organization management and has consulted extensively with arts and cultural organizations on strategic positioning and branding. For more, visit http://www.UpYourNonprofit.com. His social and political commentaries are aired monthly on KJZZ/91.5 FM, NPR?s Phoenix affiliate. Herb?s most recent acting credits include roles as Sgt. Jeff Pugliese in the National Geographic Channel?s April 2014 docudrama "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers;" the King of France/Chaudron the forger/Ser Piero, DaVinci's father in Theater Works' "Finding Mona Lisa;" Inspector LeStrade in Fountain Hills Theater?s "Sherlock?s Last Case;" and Berry Bernard in the short film "Living Will."
I am an International Flight Attendant with a love of Cabaret, Musical Theatre, and Live Performing Arts in general. I try to see as many shows as I can, whether that be in my current home town of Sydney, other Australian cities or the International cities I visit with work. I am a graduate of the Cabaret Summer School 2012-Adelaide and have also been a Special Guest Critic for GlamAdelaide for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival, specialising in Cabaret.
New TV recapper, Jennifer, received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kutztown State University in Pennsylvania. She recently returned from 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Moldova and currently resides in Los Angeles. Jennifer works for a cosmetics company in Brentwood and is one of the stage managers at the Rogue Machine Theatre. You can connect with Jennifer through Twitter: @eponineq.
Jennifer Perry is the Senior Contributing Writer for BroadwayWorld.Com's DC page. She has been a DC resident since 2001 having moved from Upstate New York to attend graduate school at American University's School of International Service. When not attending countless theatre, concert, and cabaret performances in the area and in New York, she works for the US Government as an analyst. Jennifer previously covered the DC performing arts scene for Maryland Theatre Guide, DC Metro Theater Arts, and DC Theatre Scene.
Majoring in Journalism and Media Studies as well as in Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Jennifer V?zquez has always possessed an extreme passion and reverence for the performing and visual arts. Born and raised a hop and a skip away from New York City, in the great state of New Jersey, she was introduced to the grand world of musicals and theater at a very young age?and never looked back! Jennifer is an avid fan of art galleries and museums, theater productions, musicals, operas, ballets, fashion, sports, movies, music and traveling. Currently, she is a news editor for various publications. She is also a regular anchor and reporter for a local television station where she has produced and edited various shows ? including entertainment and art-themed segments. ?I am beyond excited to be a part of the BroadwayWorld family!?
A lover of all things Beyonce and Mexican food Joey is a lifetime Florida resident and has always had a passion for the entertainment industry. When he's not busy working full time for a non-profit you can find him roaming his local Target or live-tweeting must see TV. Follow Joey on Twitter @joeyohern and LIKE him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeyohern.
Katherine Waddell is a theater artist and administrator who comes to Broadway World with experience both on the stage and behind the scenes. Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Katherine found her passion for theater in the 4th grade and hasn?t looked back since,accumulating over 13 years of experience. With a plan to pursue a career in Arts Management and one day open her own theater, Katherine is excited to seize any opportunity regarding the theater arts.
Kathryn Kitt is a Classically Trained Lyric Soprano who is comfortable singing different types of genres. She has a BA in music from Bennington College and an MFA in Opera from Suny-Purchase. She has performed in the Aspen Music Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Lake George Opera Festival and The Little Orchestra Society. She also has performed in a great many local theatres including The Armonk Players, Clocktower Players and recently Curtain Call in Stamford, CT. Kathryn also sings at Temples and Churches in which she gets to explore very demanding, yet fulfilling repertoire as well. Kathryn writes interviews for BroadwayWorld.com, CenterontheAisle.com and Theaterpizzazz.com. Kathryn is a proud member of Americantheatrecritics.org (ATCA). Kathryn resides in Bedford, NY with her three children, Andrew, John and Madeleine who have also been "bitten" by the music/theatre bug. Contact: Kathrynkitt1@gmail.com
Kathy Strain spent most of her life outside of Philadelphia and has enjoyed Broadway shows for most of her life. Kathy moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2001 with her husband Ken and 3 children. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and runs her own Public Relations company. She loves to contribute pieces on the arts to several outlets and enjoys writing about talent and sharing it with the world.
Dr. Byron has accomplished the educational leadership trifecta: superintendent in public schools, headmaster in private schools, and head of school in charter schools. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to use ballroom dancing to enhance the lives of children, and was the executive director of the Starfinder Foundation, a non-profit foundation that uses soccer as a motivator to teach leadership skills to teenagers in low-income communities. His doctorate is from Columbia University.
Leigh Scheps is an award winning journalist based in New York City. As a Broadway Buff, Leigh is elated to join the Broadway World team as a contributor. Leigh is currently a digital reporter for Inside Edition. Her stories ranging from Broadway, viral, trending, hard news and pop culture, can be seen on national platforms including AOL, MSN and Yahoo. Prior to this position, Leigh's reported for Fox News, Buzz60 and news stations in Philadelphia, Fort Myers, Binghamton, Bronx and Brooklyn.
Marianka Swain is the UK Editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld. A London-based theatre critic and arts journalist, she also contributes to several other outlets, including the Ham & High and Islington Gazette newspapers, Dancing Times magazine and theartsdesk. You can find more of her work at www.mkmswain.com or follow her on Twitter @mkmswain
Marina Kamen aka MARINA has lost 100 Pounds! She is a Certified Fitness Expert in addition to Grammy Nominated & Billboard Charting Recording Artist, Composer, Producer, Director, Casting Director, Choreographer, Vocalist, Violinist and Mother of 3 children. Ms. Kamen has been covered in The LA Times, NY Post, Prevention Magazine, Woman's World and been seen on ShopNBC, The Tyra Banks Show, ABCNews, The Discovery Health Network, Noggin & PBS. Her voice has been heard on countless commercial products including Verizon with James Earl Jones, Exxon Moblie, Pop Tarts Tourneau & Disney Destinations. Ms.Kamen has worked in the entertainment Industry for over 35 years with an array of celebrity talent including Liza Minnelli, Patti Labelle, James Earl Jones, & Carnie Wison and has choreographed for Columbia Records, BMG & Atlantic Records in addition to acting as Spokesperson for The NYC division of The Naras Foundation which Hosts The Grammy Awards. She trained at The American Ballet Theater, Luigi's, Broadway Dance Center in addition to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. She has been co-owner of Kamen Entertainment Group, Inc. www.kamen.com since 1987 which is an Entertainment Company with over 140 Industry Awards under its belt. Ms. Kamen is the winner of the first "People?s Choice Award" for Health & Fitness Podcasting in 2005 and has Produced her catalogue of now over 1,200 Original Music Podcast WORKOUTS and Original Musical Fitness Audio & Video Workout Programs available at: www.HighEnergyFitness.com MARINA's High-nrg Fitness LIVE!..an interactive Musical Theater WORKOUT Experience! is currently playing on Mondays at 6:00pm in NYC! www.marinashighnrgfitness.com MARINA's Musical Health Audio & VideoTaped Workout Celebrity Interviews may be seen at www.musicalhealthtalk.com
Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for Broadwayworld.com on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine World.com and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in Fitnessworld.com, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for Broadwayworld.com.
Matt Hanson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Starting in music and arts journalism at eighteen in both print and digital publications from the newsroom of The Standard Times, he now regularly contributes literary criticism for Atticus Review, and reviews independent music for Discorder Magazine. As a former resident of Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and Canada, he publishes widely on themes of international relevance for such publications as Nation of Change, The Leftist Review, The Dominion, This Magazine, and many others. Currently a docent at Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum, he explores migrant history through oral, narrative, and creative approaches to literature.
Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW Orlando. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in professional and collegiate sports, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is a podcast host and producer with BroadwayRadio. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's pop culture podcast, 'Some Like it Pop.' You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
"To The Stage!"
After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.
Michael L. Quintos
A So. Cal. Contributing Editor since 2009, Michael Lawrence Quintos is a quiet, mild-mannered Designer by day. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Counter-Tenor soloist, actor, and dancer for MenAlive since 2002. He's sung everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various stage productions and a couple of nationally-televised programs. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various entertainment/media companies, while spending his free time performing and, yes, watching shows. Follow Michael on Twitter at: twitter.com/cre8iveMLQ.
Pat Cerasaro contributes exclusive scholarly columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Theatrical Throwback Thursdays, Flash Friday and Flash Special as well as additional special features, world premiere clips and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more. He also wrote and directed two sold-out 2014 BroadwayWorld charity concert events featuring all-star casts, EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE and THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM.
In 25 years of working with newspapers and magazines, Paul Batterson has had the pleasure of interviewing wide variety of people, from Phil Campbell of Motorhead to David Hasselhoff to the San Diego chicken. He was born in Columbus, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent three years in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to Columbus. He lives here with his wife, Nancy, and children Alicia and Grant.
Peter Danish is a Media Marketing Consultant and Classical Arts Presenter. He is a founding member of ArtsRock, where he presented concerts with such world renowned artists as Grammy winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin, Grammy winning Violinist Marc O'Connor, The Eroica Trio, The American Brass Quintet, The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Alec Baldwin, Louis Black and Robert Klein. At The Riverspace Performing Arts Center, he presented such artists as Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, Bill T. Jones, Bill Irwin, Mike Nichols, Ani Di Franco, Eve Ensler, Pete Seeger, Ellen Burstyn, Edward Albee and Kathleen Turner. He has programmed concerts and educational programs for a multitude of local arts organizations including the American National Opera and the Westchester Hudson Opera, and has lectured on opera and classical music in schools and libraries as part of their outreach programs. For over two decades he has served as Director of Marketing for NBC, Vice President of Marketing for Telemundo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Azteca TV Network, and Marketing Consultant to PBS. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, The Wagner Society of N.Y. and Board of Trustees of the award-winning classical concert series, The Carnegie Room Concerts at the Nyack Library. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week.
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Richie Best is a reporter, writer and editor for BWW Music who covers a wide variety of music genres.
Robert Barossi has worked in just about every possible job in professional theater, from actor to stage manager to company manager to box office and house manager. This has included time spent immersed in the theater and arts scenes in places like Philadelphia, D.C., Boston and Rhode Island. He has also been a staff writer for Motif Magazine in Rhode Island, writing reviews, previews and features, for six years, leaving the publication just recently. Though not working in professional theater currently, he continues to work on being an aspiring playwright and getting to as much theater as possible.
As one who has been an Art Director in several notable advertising agencies, one can easily see how that has influenced Roy's photographic work. Mainly spending his time as a portrait photographer, but when time allows, his other passion takes him to the musical theatre. It is here, that he captures special moments in time to be immortalized. His photographs capture the essence of the subject, and often, the character of the individuals they are portraying. Roy is the official photographer for Musical Theatre Review in London UK. At the moment, Roy is preparing for his book and photo exhibition showcasing people that have contributed to making the theatrical stage a magical place. Easily recognizable artists that have been photographed so far include Bea Arthur, Chaim Topol, Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch, Julie Walters, to name but a few http://roytan3.wix.com/exhibition Over the last 15 years, nearly all the West End photo-calls have seen Roy's presence. He has also been the Official Photographer for a few noted West End / Off West End productions, most recently for 2015 Gatsby & I Loved Lucy at The Art?s Theatre, Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells Theatre, Soho Cinders by Elliot Davis, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at Soho Theatre, Crazy For You at Novello Theatre ( winner of the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival ). And coming June as the official photographer for a new play Savage at The Art?s Theatre and Gertrude at Theatre N 16. For more details go to www.roytan.zenfolio.com
Ryan Kilpatrick is an actress and writer whose love for the arts stems from her early exposure to theater and classic films. Her one woman show "Notes From a Horne" about the late entertainer Lena Horne, earned her a festival favorite award at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival in 2012. Ryan graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a B.F.A in Screenwriting.
Sally Henry is a BroadwayWorld contributor based in Georgia who manages the News Desk on the weekends, including the weekly #SIP roundups. She also writes weekly features ranging from historically-based reflections to interviews with all the cool kids in the industry. She takes pride in her ginger hair and in being *that* friend who actually loves The Scarlet Pimpernel musical. Read more from Sally on Twitter: @BwayGinger, Blogger: SingularSensationBway.blogspot.com, and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SingularSensationbway
Sean Quinn is an award-winning newspaper reporter from New Jersey. He has extensive experience covering the arts in addition to government, development, education and a wide range of other subjects. Through this work, he has had the pleasure of interviewing everyone from Zach Braff to Henry Winkler to former New Jersey governors Brendan Byrne and Richard Codey. As a lifelong lover of theater, movies, television and books, he is thrilled to write about some of his favorite subjects for BroadwayWorld.com.
Some Like It Pop
BroadwayWorld.com's Pop Culture podcast hosted by Senior TV and Film Critic Matt Tamanini and BWW TV Los Angeles Bureau Chief, Jennifer McHugh. Matt and Jenn discuss and argue about all things pop culture, from television to movies to Broadway and everything in between.
Vickie is an award-winning director, producer, playwright, and president of Soaring High Productions, a theatrical production and talent development company.
As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Getty Images.
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